VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

Hear the Voice of the Bard

William Blake

Hear the voice of the Bard!
Who Present, Past and Future, sees
Whose ears have heard
The Holy Word,
That walk'd among the ancient trees. Calling the lapsed Soul
And weeping in the evening dew;
That might control
The starry pole;
And fallen, fallen light renew!

O Earth, O Earth, return!
Arise from out the dewy grass;
Night is worn,
And the Morn
Rises from the slumberous mass.

Turn away no more:
Why wilt thou turn away
The starry floor
The wat'ry shore
Is giv'n thee till the break of day.

-from Songs of Experience

Blake, recalling the ancient attribution of vatic powers and public duties to the bard-a specialized term retaining a Celtic dignity well into the nineteenth century, thanks to Thomas Gray's "The Bard" (1757) - placed this invocation at the beginning of Songs of Experience